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Camera testing phase begins on HSR buses

Photo by Jason Nason

Photo by Jason Nason


The City of Hamilton announced today that they have started a testing phase of security cameras on-board HSR buses. With the majority of these installations complete, the cameras started rolling as of this morning.

The cost to outfit the entire fleet with the security cameras was $1.7 million, which was funded through HSR’s capital budget.

The security camera installation should aid both passenger and operator safety, giving staff and police access to video in the event of incidents on board.

Haldimand County expresses interest in HSR service

Could the HSR see an extension south into Haldimand County in the future? That’s the hope of Haldimand County Council as expressed today in a letter to members of Hamilton City Council.

At the City Council meeting today a letter of interest was presented from Haldimand County where the regional council has reached out to explore the possibility of HSR bus service being extended to their county.

Haldimand County doesn’t have any local or regional transit. There is also no Greyhound, Coach Canada, or GO Transit intercity bus service available in the region.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Thanksgiving

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for Thanksgiving this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

HSR changing destination signs back to display branch information

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today

Photo by Jason Nason | Hamilton Today


The HSR announced today that effective early next week destination signs will receive an update. Included in the update is a new way in which route branches will be displayed.

The updated signs will change to the way route branches were displayed prior to December 2013 when they were streamlined. The large route “letter” branch was removed from the route line on signs and was relegated to the destination line of signs.

This change resulted in a loss of clarity for routes, especially route 5 DELAWARE which has five branches and seven end-of-line destinations. The smaller text of the destination line made it difficult to identify if an incoming bus was the correct bus at a distance. The change to smaller text also resulted in passengers accidentally boarding the wrong branch.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Labour Day

As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Labour Day this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

GO Bus service in Hamilton increasing in September

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The fall means changes to bus schedules, both for the HSR and GO Transit in Hamilton. While the extent of the minor changes to local bus service is still to be announced, GO Transit has released details for their fall service changes.

Beginning in September GO Transit will be increasing service to routes around the GTA including services to, from, and through Hamilton.

Below is a summary of the changes to services from GO Transit’s release.

HSR planning shuttles for Festival of Friends this weekend

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After decades emanating from Gage Park, for the last several years the Festival of Friends has taken place at the Ancaster Fair Grounds, which is notable in that it is inaccessible by transit. Route 44 RYMAL is the closest transit route to the fair grounds however it would require walking for about 15 minutes along a country road without sidewalks to reach your destination. Luckily the City of Hamilton felt it wise to run (revenue) shuttle service to the relocated festival.

With the return of the festival to Gage Park this year the city of Hamilton is once again running (revenue) shuttles to and from the Gage Park festival in a similar fashion to the Ticats Express shuttles which operate on gameday.

Full details of the shuttles can be found on the City of Hamilton website. It needs to be noted that the Festival of Friends express shuttles are not free will be regular HSR fare.

GO fare increase set for September 1st, 2017

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At the Metrolinx Board of Directors meeting on June 28, 2017, a fare increase was approved effective September 2nd, 2017.

Fares for trips that currently cost more than $5.02 with PRESTO and $5.65 without PRESTO will increase by approximately three per cent. Other fare types will also increase, including concession fares (senior and student fares), and package pricing (group fares and family fares).

There will be no increase on adult single fares for trips that currently cost $5.02 or less with PRESTO, or $5.65 or less with paper tickets.

Notice: Holiday Schedule for George Hamilton Day

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the George Hamilton Day (Civic) holiday holiday on August 7th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service on this day:

Summer 2017 Schedule Changes

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The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Summer 2017 edition of their quarterly Bus News online. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of summer service on multiple routes.

Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday June 25th, 2017.